Opening 30.12 19:00 |
Curators: Artists in Residency Collective (Sagit Mezamer, Yehudit Shlosber-Yogev, Amir Bolzmn, Nurit Dreamer, Eiv Kristal)
Info on the artists and progrma coming soon!
In August 2018, the final hearing was held in the Municipality’s court case against the Barbur Gallery in Jerusalem. The court decided to issue a notice for its closure, but the highlight of the proceedings was a seminal speech by attorney Yossi Havilio, who represented the gallery. “Justice,” he said, “should not only be done, but also seen to be done.”
The exhibition Barbarism was conceived in the wake of the continual persecution of the Barbur Gallery and other art institutions and artists in Israel. It is made up of a collection of comments on the notion of “freedom of expression,” and contemplates the mechanisms that determine what is “accepted” and the “correct.” Through various modes of expression, such as speech, story, myth, law, and stageplay, the exhibition presents “barbaric” cases that are Other, or Different, and which raise questions about the notion of “freedom of expression.” It does not necessarily seek to offer a set of liberal or pluralistic beliefs, but rather tries to establish the extremes of expression that our society is willing to bear. As part of the exhibition, the underground spaces of Mamuta in Hansen House will become a temporary publication space—a non-hierarchical platform for expressions that have hitherto been made in the dark, censored.